Now that the school year is well underway, it can feel like the hard work of settling children into the classroom is all done. But, unfortunately, for many children, the
I am a chronic over planner. I must be triple prepared for any event I throw. Same goes for gift giving. I make lists, write dates and meticulously plan each
You know how crazy we are about play in our house. Its always a priority of ours to make sure the boys have access to play- and the best resources
Our house has different play zones. It kinda just happened. There are zones for creating and making, focused learning, construction, calming and movement! Our lounge room is our movement zone.
Someone you like playing with and you trust. Someone who is there for you when you need them most. Someone you care about and cares about you. Someone you look up to. Someone who
If you have been following along on my Instagram you will know that our son experiences separation anxiety at his Montessori drop off. I am so grateful to the people
There are many wonderful accounts on Instagram who advocate for Art in the early years life (@ohcreativeday is just one amazing example). It turns out that our son is deeply
In my last article, I shared tips for getting your child ready for primary school. But you know who else is getting ready for school? YOU! The parent or carer.
At this time of year, I find myself having the same conversation with families over and over again. Parents always wondering what they can do to help their child get
I have had this topic on my heart for a while and I have finally found the words to share it. A while back we were doing a Facetime call
In my previous two posts I discussed the positives of mess and how it can add value to your child’s play experience. Then I talked about the time where mess
Welcome to Part 2 of my 3 part series on mess. In my previous blog post I spoke about the idea of celebrating mess and it's benefits. Go and check
Welcome to my 3 part series on mess. I will be sharing why mess is not something to be afraid of, when mess is not ok, and ways to encourage
There is no surprise that I am a lover of picture books. I have spent my whole life reading books and marveling at the language and illustrations in them. I get lost
There is no secret here, Australia is burning. Our beautiful country has had its pristine landscape ravaged by fire and much of the eastern side of Victoria and NSW has
As we meet the end of 2019 I have taken the time to reflect on the year gone by and it's many blessings. Not only did we welcome another baby
What is fair? What is equal? Is it the same thing? Well, in the world of education, it isn’t. Equal is when everybody gets the same, regardless of the needs
What are open ended toys? Open ended toys are those that can be used in a variety of ways. Different ways depending on your child’s mood, interests, desires, abilities or
If you're new around here then you may not know how much we love and respect the Montessori approach for learning and life. And if you're not new around here...
In our house we are BIG fans of sensory play. We have been doing sensory play activities since L was a baby. From waving silk scarves along his supple baby
I feel so privileged to have Dr Andrea Bonior contribute to Heads Shoulders Knees this month. Dr Bonior is a mum, a clinical psychologist and a writer. She is a
In my years of teaching I've seen many things. But the one thing that is progressively getting more difficult for young children to understand is the concept of money and
Our wonderful blog post this month has been contributed by Bradley Williams, an Occupational Therapist based in Adelaide. Bradley is fighting the good fight of keeping children playing outside, learning
So often I hear families expressing concern about taking their children out of school for family holidays. And yes, being in school is 100% important and I wouldn't say otherwise. BUT,
For this month, we are lucky to have a blog contribution from Janice and Tania from Little Birdie Books. Two awesome speech pathologists who have designed wonderful book boxes specifically
The month's contribution to Heads Shoulders Knees comes from the very brave (lol) and lovely Georgia from Georgia's Little Kitchen! Georgia is an advocate for cooking with little ones and
Thanks for tuning in again to Angela's contribution here at Heads Shoulders Knees. Here is Part 2 of her piece on early learning and play! In this article she gives
This wonderful article has been contributed by Angela of Little Life Co. A fellow mama and teacher who is passionate about learning in the early years. In this article she
This wonderful article is written by guest blogger Amber from The Playful Learner. Thank you so much Amber for your contribution. Why does it need to be play OR learn? It doesn’t!
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Life in this day and age is FAST. There is less and less time to stand still. To watch. To breathe.
As we all know, this day and age is fast! And it will get faster and faster. I want to arm my child, and your children, with the vital skill
In this day and age our world continues to get faster and faster. My body doesn't like it. I have to make a point to slow down so I can
Welcome back readers! I recently received an email from a mum, about her 2.5 year old daughter, who is reluctant to sit down and enjoy a book. This mama was
Blocks, Duplo, Lego or whatever name or shape they take, blocks really are a super toy! Blocks are a massive deal in our house. L really loves them, and so
With Australia Day coming up this week it got me thinking of the great Aussie authors we have in this special country. I decided that 5 days wasn't going to